What to pack for your trip

When planning a trip you have to pack efficiently these days – especially if you’re flying! With all the budget airlines reducing the size of carry-on baggage and pushing up the price for any bags in the hold, we all need to squeeze space-efficient gear into our neat little bags.

It’s not like when you were kids going on those Devon caravan holidays, where your parents filled the boot and every spare inch of space in the car around you kids with everything they might need during the trip!

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If you tend to overpack, here are a few helpful tips on how to reduce what you take with you.

  • Think back to the last time you flew anywhere – were there any items that you took with you and brought home unused or unworn? Eliminate these from the next trip. Likely culprits include extra pairs of shoes, spare jumpers or sweaters.
  • Find a pair of shoes that will suit all occasions – that you can wear hiking along a trail and into the local town for dinner. If you have to bring an extra pair for the evening, make it a pair that doesn’t take up too much space.
  • Choose clothing that folds down to a really small size and won’t get all crumpled. Take layers that will work in a number of combinations. If you’re not sure of how the weather will be, take some base layers, a fleece and a waterproof and then you’re covered for all eventualities. The great thing about layers is that you can never be too hot or too cold!

And if you really find it hard to do minimal packing you could always opt to stay in your own country and take a driving holiday instead, where you can fill the car with whatever you like!